As November quickly approaches, it’s essential to prepare your November home maintenance checklist. Not only do you want to maintain your home throughout the year on a regular basis, but you also need to ensure you’re preparing it for each season. With November quickly approaching, winter is right around the corner.
There are several home maintenance tasks you should complete in November to better prepare for the winter season. Not sure where to begin? In the guide below, we’ve provided a home maintenance checklist to help you prepare for winter.
Continue reading to get started with these helpful tasks!
During winter, you’ll experience walkways that are more slippery than normal due to ice, snow, and melted snow and ice. Before winter comes, make sure to complete a full inspection of your walkways outside your home. Slipping and falling can happen anywhere when the ground is covered in ice or snow, but when the ground is unstable, it’s even more common.
Is the walkway leading up to your home even? Are there any damages that need repair? Are the railings and stairs sturdy as well?
Correct any issues before the winter season begins.
Do you have a sump pump in your basement? Sump pumps are ideal for protecting your home against floods, but it’s also important you check the sump pump before the rainy season or snow starts. Now is also the perfect time to check your home’s entire plumbing system.
A plumbing system experiencing minor issues could be faced with much bigger problems when entertaining guests. More people will use your plumbing, and a small problem could be intensified. Fix any plumbing issues now before the holidays.
Take a look at the weather stripping around your windows and exterior doors. Weather stripping won’t need replacing every winter, but if it’s old and worn, then you’ll want to replace it before winter starts. Weather stripping helps keep the cold air out and the warm air in, making your home more comfortable.
It’s a fairly inexpensive fix that can also help lighten the work for your HVAC system and reduce your energy costs as well.
During the winter, you’ll experience less daylight. Because of this, you’ll want to have updated outdoor light fixtures. Take a quick walk around your home during the evening to ensure all lights are working as they should.
Proper outdoor lighting can prevent accidents and injuries during the winter. If needed, it’s also ideal to install floodlights and solar pathway lights to help brighten your walkways as much as possible.
Once fall begins to come to an end, it’s important to keep this November home maintenance checklist handy. Go through each checkpoint mentioned on the list to ensure your home is well-prepared for the winter season ahead.
Although you can do your best to keep your home in great condition even during the harsh winter months, don’t forget to insure your home as well. Home insurance can protect your home if certain damages were to occur.
Click here to see what different coverage options are available.